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Pottery Retreats

Pottery Retreats

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This artist's retreat in India is best suited to serious aspirants looking for personalized teaching and peaceful practice time.

Residential pottery retreats at Aura are structured getaways for individuals who are at the beginner or intermediate level of ceramics. The retreats range from a fun weekend getaway to longer stays from one week to twelve weeks. The retreats includes studio and material use, instruction, accommodation and meals.

Doing a residential pottery retreat at Aura Pottery means you get to spend time with like-minded people, explore your own creativity, get inspired by others, and all along enjoy and learn this art at our pottery school based in India.

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Guest enjoying Pottery workshop

Weekend Retreat

The weekend retreat is designed for those who would like to get away for a fun creative weekend and give pottery a shot over two days in the studio. You will learn some basics of handling the material, do some hand building and maybe give the wheel a shot as well while you're at it. The weekend retreat is ideal for couples or friends, seeking a respite from their busy lives. 

Techniques we will cover-
  • Introduction to stoneware clay, wedging, ceramic vocabulary
  • Hand building with Slab technique
  • Introduction to Pottery Wheel
Cost per person:

One Week Retreat

This retreat will introduce you to the fundamental techniques of building in clay with the best tools a potter can have - their hands. The week is divided equally between hand building and wheel-throwing. No prior knowledge required, this course is perfect for beginners.

Techniques we will cover-
  • Introduction to stoneware clay, wedging, ceramic vocabulary
  • Hand building techniques- Coil and Slab
  • Intro to pottery wheel- Centering, Coning and Pulling Cylinder shapes
Cost per person:
Retreat guest finishing their ceramic piece
practicing on the wheel

2 Week Retreat

These two weeks are divided equally between hand building and wheel-throwing. Get introduced to all three techniques of hand building and build a project using each technique. You will get a week to practice on the pottery wheel and understand the basics thoroughly. No prior knowledge required, this course is perfect for beginners.

Techniques we will cover-

  • Introduction to stoneware clay, wedging, ceramic vocabulary
  • Hand building techniques- Pinch, Coil, Slab
  • Intro to wheel- Centering, Coning, Pulling, Cutting
  • Pulling and trimming cylinder shapes
Cost per person:

4 Week Retreat

This retreat will cover all the basic techniques and focus on specific tips and troubleshooting techniques to improve your skills in hand building as well as on the wheel. Refine your work and continue to build upon your construction techniques to form functional or sculptural ceramic shapes. This course will include an introduction to glaze class to understand basic glazing and finishing techniques.

Techniques we will cover-

  • All techniques mentioned in the 2 weeks course
  • Basic surface decoration, tools and techniques
  • Hand build shapes like mugs/tumblers, handles, bowls
  • Create basic wheel forms- cylinders and bowls.
  • Introduction to glaze
Cost per person:
waxing the ceramic bottoms before glazing
working with clay

8 Week Retreat

The ideal program length to give yourself a good grounding in pottery is eight weeks. Get introduced to advanced techniques in both hand building and wheel throwing. You will design your own concepts, both functional and conceptual and learn how to best execute them.

Techniques we will cover-

  • All techniques mentioned in the 4 weeks course
  • Throwing larger amounts of clay, use advanced tools, textures
  • Altering shapes- bottles, bowls, vases, narrow/wider shapes, trimming foot
  • Glaze application and techniques, underglaze application
Cost per person:

12 Week Retreat

This retreat offers an in-depth exploration and understanding of ceramics for students to discover their own individual language in clay. The skills included in this course cover all the fundamental techniques in ceramic that extend into advanced techniques such as execution of conceptual design strategies and construction with mixed techniques to form complex forms (sculpture or functional).

Topics Covered-

  • All techniques mentioned in the 8 weeks course
  • Build your own design, sectional break down of design, mix technique work
  • Altering shapes- Mugs, bowls, bottles, vases, lids/jars,
  • Glaze making & application
  • Loading, unloading pieces, basics to firing a gas kiln
Cost per person:
glazing a ceramic mug
students learning about the test tiles

Terms:

  • 18% GST is applicable.
  • The retreat is for people 18 years and above only.
  • The pricing below is applicable to per person.
  • The program includes studio and material use, instruction, accommodation, and meals.
  • Payments for the retreats are made in full in advance.
  • Payment mode is via GooglePay or wire transfer.

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